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Crete - custom Dunny by bryancollins Crete - custom Dunny by bryancollins
The cyclops. A living creature gone extinct or a mythical legend to keep children from wandering away from the village? That's what I wanted to know when I ventured off to the island of Crete in search of the cyclops origin.

In my research I found that a possible origin for the Cyclops legend, advanced by the paleontologist Othenio Abel in 1914, is the prehistoric dwarf elephant skulls – about twice the size of a human skull – that may have been found by the Greeks on Crete and Sicily. Abel suggested that the large, central nasal cavity (for the trunk) in the skull might have been interpreted as a large single eye-socket. Given the inexperience of the locals with living elephants, they were unlikely to recognize the skull for what it actually was. (credit at [link] ]

The truth behind it all is seen in the photo above. While standing only 3" in height, early man would have told tales that exaggerated the real stature of this beast in order to make campfire stories more entertaining. He's just a little Dunny.

Acrylic on 3" vinyl Dunny - SOLD
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:iconallysah-photography:
AllysaH-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Student Photographer
featured by me here -->[link]
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:iconbryancollins:
bryancollins Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconallysah-photography:
AllysaH-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Student Photographer
no problem C:
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i-like-balloons Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
I love cyclops! It's great how you've used his belly as a mouth. This is great. You're really coming along with these fellows.
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:iconbryancollins:
bryancollins Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
They are beginning to invade my dreams...
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teoclemy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Don't eat me, Nooooooo!!!!hahahahhaa...
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TheLexinator Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This guy is super awesome!! I love mythology <3 You hit the hammer on the head with this one ^^
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:iconbryancollins:
bryancollins Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. The story behind the origin is fun.
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TheLexinator Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Quite ^^
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